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Summer School providing additional help to students

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:11 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - It may seem like summer break just started for students in North Carolina, but this week thousands of children headed right back to the classroom in Craven County to take part in summer school.

Monday was the first day of the six-week program that is designed to give students who may have struggled during virtual learning time to get additional face-to-face instruction.

For teachers like Michelle Owens at Ben Quinn Elementary School in New Bern, this extra time for students is critical. “I really think that it’s needed. This year we’ve got a lot more kids in summer school and we’re working on standards that maybe weren’t covered well in the school year due to timing and the pandemic,” explained Owens.

On day one of summer school the students took assessments to determine exactly where their biggest needs were and Owens says for many it was in crucial subjects like reading comprehension and math.

“I’m for example right now working with my students on multiples and factors which is something that typically they would be really strong in, and I think they needed some review on that so I’m hoping to give them some confidence so when they start 5th grade, they are going to feel good about that,” said Owens.

Summer school in Craven County is Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and will run until July 15th. Officials with the school system say they wanted to end early enough that families could still enjoy their break from learning before the start of the new school year.

Aside from getting a jump start on the next school year, the district is also making sure bellies stay full this summer. School Nutrition Director Lauren Weyand says once again every child 18 years old and younger can pick up free meals.

“To us, it’s the comfort we can lend during these uncertain times, so we do what we do best, we provide for students, and we take pride in that and the best part of this is that it’s free to them,” explained Weyand.

Students taking part in summer school get meals at their schools but kids not in school can still pick up a hot lunch at one of the seven sites in Craven County. You can find a list of the pick-up locations here, https://www.facebook.com/CravenCountySchools/photos/a.144076895731139/1982729645199179/

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